Livelihood enhancement is required for the landless community, especially women. Additionally, sanitation, including solid and liquid waste management, is a concern in communities, and there is an increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases due to alcohol and tobacco consumption, imbalanced diets and physical inactivity.
The main focus of ACF’s water program in Punjab is on the implementation of watershed projects to improve ground water levels and reduce soil erosion. Ground water levels are also being recharged via a percolation pit and pond. Additionally, we are ensuring the availability of drinking water for every household, via tap connections, and ensuring that water is safe to drink (pre and post monsoon), by promoting water quality testing in communities.
Schools Water Testing
Our main focus is on some critical issues like soil health management, crop production, crop diversification, and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Crop residue management is a crucial area where we provide awareness, training and demonstrations to encourage reduced tillage, use of super seeder machinery and overall reduction in residue burning. We also promote the supply of residue as biomass as an alternate fuel, providing additional income source to farmers. Sustainable rice is promoted via Direct Seeding Rice (DSR) approach and FPOs are promoted for collective input supply and marketing.
Impacted with improved soil health practices and crop diversification
Under DSR method in Paddy crop
Free from stubble burning
The women empowerment program aims to improve the social economic status of women through capacity building of SHG groups, formation of new SHC groups, credit linkages, development of market linkages and helping women identify income generation activities.
SHGS secured credit linkages
Women started income generation activity.
ACF’s health program provides both preventive and promote aspects of healthcare, with a strong focus on women, children and adolescents - implemented in the villages in collaboration with the local health and sanitation department, Panchayati Raj Institute (PRI), ASHA, AWW and youth clubs of villages. 20 ODF villages have been created and ACF also supports sanitation issues like underground drainage systems in villages. Working with local Anganwadi centres, we are improving the nutritional and health status of children. In Bathinda, with the support of Harvard University, a research program is being conducted on the behaviour change of high risk group patients in relation to diet control and physical activities.
Knowledge enhancement on Adolescent health
Adolescents using Sanitary Napkins
Households with overhead drinking water
Area with drains underground.
SEDI Bathinda is providing skill training and career opportunities to youth from landless and schedule caste backgrounds – uplifting them and their families out of poverty. Graduate trainees are placed with a minimum salary of Rs. 9000-10,000, whilst some SEDI graduates from Assistant Electrician course have become Entrepreneurs, earning Rs. 25,000 in the peak season, locally. 186 trainees have been placed in reputed companies like TVS, Micortek, and Abbott Healthcare, providing an additional source of income to households.
Female Assistant Electrician Trainees
Ambuja Manovikas Kendra School for children with intellectual disabilities in Ropar, improves the quality of life of special children and teaches them skills so they can be independent in their day to day activities. AMK provides a better learning environment for children and ensures they reach their full potential in life via education, therapy and extracurricular activities. Ambuja Manovikas Kendra also trains AMK graduates in income generation activities such as jewellery making, pottery and baking.
Covered under OPD session
Provided with government benefits
Passed secondary exam under NIOS
In an effort to revive the traditional handicrafts of Punjab, ACF-Bathinda launched ‘Virasat’ – an institution to train women in local dying arts. One Common Facility Centre was developed with the capacity of 500 women, to enable the storage of raw quality materials, provide space for skill upgradation and branding support with market linkages. 12 products have been identified for development, with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and United Nations International Development Organisation (UNIDO) playing a role in product design.
In order to reduce and eliminate the adverse impacts of solid waste on human health and the environment, ACF initiated the establishment of Solid Waste Management Sites in 5 villages, and worked with communities to create awareness of waste segregation and disposal. Compost pits have been developed and a system has been put in place for the door to door collection of solid waste from each household, market and schools. Wet waste is being converted into organic manure and dry waste is segregated into different categories for processing or selling.
The Rupnagar Producer Company has been awarded the best performing FPO out of hundreds of FPOs in Punjab, not once, but twice! The FPO started with the aggregation and supply of biomass to the local Ambuja Cements Limited plant. However, through the years, it has expanded its activities to include procurement of agro-inputs, a farmer mall and a farm machinery bank. What kickstarted with just 10 farmers back then has now swelled to 330 farmers who are a part of the producer company from 27 villages of Ropar district.Know More
ACF has helped 325 women benefit by growing fresh vegetables in their backyard, with many of them selling their surplus in the local markets to also generate a livelihood. 80% of these women are landless labourers harnessing just a small parcel of land in their backyard to protect their families during COVID-19 lockdown by avoiding crowded markets - whilst earning an additional source of income and consuming fresh vegetables to support their own immunity.Know More
ACF and Cipla Foundation joined hands in 2017 to establish a full-fledged Skill Development and Rehabilitation Centre cum production unit that would train youth with intellectual disabilities in different vocations, helping them become financially independent and productive members of society. Initiating the project with 15 trainees in the first year across three vocations - a Bakery Unit, Pottery Work and Artificial Jewellery; the centre is today rehabilitating 50 trainees.Know More
AMK staff were adamant - sport had the power to transform - not only the way children saw themselves, but how others saw them also. And could open pathways once never dreamed of. They decided to start small; 10 children were identified and started training in sports like badminton, cycling and athletics. In 2003 the first batch of students donned the Indian jerseys and headed to Dublin, Ireland to represent their country. AMK students have won 4 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals at Special Olympic Games.Know More